It’s important to know what you are getting yourself into.

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When you are single and looking to mingle, you generally will not hurt anyone if you start dating “just to see where things go.” Plenty of men do this all the time.

But when deciding to date a woman with a child, you should be clear about your expectations for the relationship upfront with yourself and her.

Stop beating yourself up with the negative talk in your head.

Your children are also affected by your negative moods. Exercise regularly, eat healthy, and schedule time for yourself.That is a personal decision you should figure out long before you involve a woman and her child in your life.Save the games for the rest of the single people in the world who do not have the responsibility of looking out for the emotional well-being of themselves and their child. I’m always surprised at how few people discuss this topic upfront.In other words, if you’re still in the “dating just to date” phase of your life, involving a woman with a child is probably not the type of relationship you should engage in because your actions will more than likely impact the lives of two people — the woman and the child.While the age of the child plays a factor, if you’re not looking for anything serious, you shouldn’t play the “I’ll figure it out” game with a ready-made family.If you are a step parent or single mother, what advice would you offer a man to know if he is ready to date a woman with kids from a previous relationship?